Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is “to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education” (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation). The organization is now known as the ACPA Foundation to more concisely communicate its role as the fundraising arm of ACPA College Student Educators International.
The most compelling interest of the ACPA Foundation is the preparation of students for leadership roles in society. The essential work of the ACPA Foundation is to seek philanthropic support for ACPA initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development, and leadership programs, as well as its own related initiatives. Such initiatives may focus specifically on students or on student affairs professionals.
The Foundation’s focus on students includes projects that will enrich knowledge about formal and informal student learning, especially in out-of-class environments, about specific educational tactics that accelerate learning such as community service, and about strategic opportunities for learning such as peer group interactions.
The Foundation’s focus on student affairs’ professionals includes projects that will enhance student affairs practitioners’ educational influence by assisting new or transitional professionals to make important connections and commitments while visualizing future roles in the profession, by sustaining a learning community of professionals, and by expanding theoretical knowledge of the profession.
Essentially, the mission of the ACPA Foundation is to encourage activities that generate and disseminate new knowledge in the Student Affairs profession and that prepare students for leadership roles in a global society. In order to fulfill its purpose and mission, the Foundation seeks philanthropic support for ACPA initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development and leadership programs.